In the centre of a historical village, 45km from Saumur and the A11 motorway which puts Paris just 4 hours away. The journey via high-speed train takes 2.5 hours via Angers. Just a little further north, near Saumurois country, lie some very well-known vineyards. Located on a rocky promontory, at the confluence of two rivers, the property overlooks a pretty village that has preserved its historical attributes. There is endless amazing medieval and roman architecture in the area. Everyday amenities in the village. For a wider selection of shops, Cholet is 35km away.
Built in the middle of the 19th century, in granite, the house has two floors plus cellars. Two small extensions on each side balance the overall effect. The north and south façades are practically identical. The building is framed by a limestone cornice and crowned with dormer windows with triangular pediments. The house has been taken care of by its successive generations of inhabitants and is in good shape. The entrance is reached by a wide flight of granite steps; the top step is an old altar that was destroyed during the revolution and comes from the 13th century chapel. (See below)
Apse of 13th century chapel, a listed building.
The apse is all that remains of the 13th century chapel today. It is the prolongation of another chapel that was built in the 15th century. The eastern wall of the apse serves as a support for a huge 6 metre wide fresco, unique for its size. It is considered the biggest fresco in Poitou-Charente. The apse is covered with a barrel vault. The roof was recently repaired to ensure that the precious work remains sheltered. The ground is still partly covered with terracotta tiles, some of which are patterned. There are curious niches on the southern and northern sides. Two of the five window frames are open, flooding the building with daylight. The narrow frames, with Roman arches and double archivolt are intact and waiting to be opened, or even adorned with stained glass windows. The cornice is supported by modillions forming a series of grotesques and other sculpted patterns, typical of Roman architecture. The apse mesures 9.4 by 6 metres and is 9.5 metres high beneath the vault.
The 15th century chapel, listed building.
This large 19.6 metre long chapel is next to the 13th century apse described above. The lord of the castle would attend mass here, entering by the south door. The roof was made safe in 2009 and a part of the internal oak vault was restored. The slightly broken vault is of remarkable size and design. Fine rafters descend to the hourglasses where they are adorned with an oak scallop. There are two frescoes on the east wall of the chapel. A mezzanine level has recently been built over two-thirds of the building. This addition was particularly useful during the restoration of the vault but could easily be dismantled. The chapel covers a surface area of almost 180m² and has great potential as a venue once the restoration is complete.
The long hall dating back to medieval times is aligned with the chapel and the apse. The 31 x 6 metre building no doubt comprised a vault and probably a vault at one point in time. A pigeon house was added on the roof in the 1950s as part of a restoration. Many openings in the three walls are blocked up. Once re-opened this room will regain its unique quality.
The castle ruins.
The ramparts meet the castle ruins where the guardroom can be glimpsed. There are several windows with crosspieces, many walls and lower down, a lovely series of wide Roman arches. Several underground tunnels link the castle and the hall. The ruins are stable and merely need to be cleared of brambles once a year.
A large well stands near the 15th century chapel. It probably dates back to medieval times. The water for the house was drawn here until the mansion was connected to the mains in 1960s. Despite its location on a promontory, the source is at a depth of 11 metres. The coat of arms on the walls are clearly visible in the late afternoon light.
Three little houses built in the 19th century are included in the sale. They are located near the entrance to the property and the village square. They back onto the ramparts and have the benefit of a south-facing position. In the 19th and early 20th century, these houses were occupied by servants. The first house comprises three rooms and a shower room, the second three rooms and a bathroom and the third two rooms and a shower room.
The size of the chapels, their shape and good state of repair offer many possibilities for artistic and cultural use. The house is of good quality and inhabitable straight away. It requires some minor work to install today’s modern comforts. The fascinating story of this property’s medieval lord and its general historical interest could form the framework for a heritage site. The chapels’ listed building status implies significant tax deductions on restoration work.
495 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.
|Land registry surface area||19807 m2|
|Main building surface area||442 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||500 m2|
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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.